RTCA is a private, not-for-profit association founded in 1935 as the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, now referred to simply as “RTCA”. We are the premier Public-Private Partnership venue for developing consensus among diverse, competing interests on critical aviation modernization issues in an increasingly global enterprise
Who is RTCA?

RTCA has provided the foundation for virtually every modern technical advance in aviation. Our products serve as the basis for government certification of equipment used by the tens of thousands of aircraft flying daily through the world’s airspace. A Standards Development Organization (SDO), RTCA works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop comprehensive, industry-vetted and endorsed standards that can be used as means of compliance with FAA regulations. Our deliberations are open to the public and our products are developed by aviation community volunteers functioning in a consensus-based, collaborative, peer-reviewed environment.

The Value of RTCA

RTCA provides the venue for public-private collaboration that achieves the necessary improvements to advance the state of aviation, encourage innovation, expand the marketplace of ideas and solution, and facilitate US leadership in a manner that maintains the enviable safety record of aviation in the United States.  The FAA has taken positive action on recommendations it has sought from RTCA, leading to tangible outcomes such as timely availability of certified avionics and improvements in the performance of the air traffic management system.

Global Network

RTCA has more than 600 highly active member organizations employing tens of thousands of people worldwide in the aviation business. Their work, facilitated by the RTCA staff, represents the consensus of thousands of experts from all corners of the aviation industry—a unique public-private partnership among aviation system users, providers and regulators.

RTCA Returns Value to All Who Participate

  • Provides validated performance standards that drive innovative systems and equipment design, ensuring their availability in time to be referenced as a means of compliance with FAA regulations.  RTCA standards have withstood the test of time for 83 years.
  • Forges a single industry voice to the government on technical performance standards.
  • Enables participants to develop standards by providing a forum in which all participants can be heard and provides the leadership to encourage the necessary give and take that is so critical in reaching a consensus opinion to which all involved can commit.
  • Enables the convening of private sector participants consistent with U.S. Anti-Trust laws to work together in an open, fair and balanced partnership.
  • Develops minimum performance standards that expand the marketplace of solutions for equipment and capabilities that must be certified by the FAA.
  • Generates consensus-based recommendations that routinely form the basis for FAA regulatory guidance, as well as private sector investment and development decisions. RTCA standards are referenced in Technical Standards Orders and Advisory Circulars as a means of compliance with FAA regulations.
  • Provides value-added services related to RTCA products, such as experienced staff expertise and training to further the effectiveness of the standards and guidance materials.
  • Is recognized by ICAO as an international standards organization.
  • Coordinates routinely with ICAO, EUROCAE, and other international aviation regulators, service providers and standards organizations to ensure that RTCA standards drive global standards.
  • Hosts a premier annual symposium providing a venue for informing participants of advances in the art and science of aviation, and highlighting industry volunteers, bestowing awards to industry and government leaders.


Get on board! 

RTCA leads the critical consensus building process that brings together the brightest business, technical, operational and regulatory experts from across the aviation industry to find common ground for higher levels of performance in U.S. and global aviation.

Be a part of the conversation and the solution. Let your voice and your passion be amplified through RTCA.